Star Fruit Salsa

At Hana Tropicals, Ian and Krista have created a sustainable, living practices, training program which includes striving to live off the land whenever possible.  We have Star Fruit --aka Carambola-- trees right at the farm. These amazing trees produce two crops a year for us. The fruit is so refreshing and full of juice. So far, we have been able to grow all the ingredients for this particular recipe, except onion, sugar (we have sugar cane but no way to crush it) and salt! Pretty amazing, right! No worries. Most of these ingredients are available on the Mainland. Enjoy!

Yield: Approx. 4 cups


  • 1 medium Mango, chopped (we use Papaya during alternate fruiting season)
  • 1 medium Star Fruit (carambola), chopped
  • 1 medium Tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped, seeded Cucumber
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Onion
  • 1/2 of a medium Green Sweet Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 of a medium Red Sweet Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 of a medium Yellow Sweet Pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh Cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 - 2 fresh Hawaiian Chili Peppers (equaling 1/8 - 1 teaspoon), OR 1 -2 habanero or Scotch bonnet peppers, seeded and finely chopped* (1 to 3 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon Hawaiian Sea Salt
In a medium bowl stir together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 6 to 24 hours before serving.
1. Serve with pita chips, crackers, lime tortilla chips or corn chips.
2. Also amazing with broiled fish or roasted chicken breast. Beautiful in salads. Throw in some dried cranberries and raisins, and you have a fabulous salsa/chutney for your Thanksgiving Day turkey.
3. Additionally, the Star Fruit cut vertically into ‘stars’ makes a beautiful, edible garnish on cheese plates.